Among automotive enthusiasts, it’s generally agreed that the 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is one of the most powerful performance vehicles in the industry. Thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, the Challenger Hellcat is capable of producing up to 707 horsepower.
With such a powerful muscle car in its lineup, Dodge was presented with a challenge: How would they improve upon the already incredible Dodge Challenger Hellcat? The minds at Dodge seem to have come up with a solution: the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Not much is known about the Dodge Demon. Dodge is only revealing information about the new model in short bursts. However, what has been revealed would seem to suggest that the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be even more powerful than its 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat predecessor.
Light on its feet
A powerful engine is only one component of a spirited performance. Speedy vehicles like the Dodge Challenger also need to find a balance between producing power and reducing weight. As the Dodge Challenger isn’t exactly the lightest car in the world, the model has usually relied primarily upon its Hellcat engine.
However, the Dodge Demon sacrifices weight throughout the vehicle, including its entire back row and passenger seat, to reduce its weight by more than 200 pounds. With a lighter frame, it is possible for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to achieve a higher output of performance.
The “scoop” on its hood
Assisting with the Demon’s goal of a higher performance output is a large scoop placed in the center of the model’s hood. This “Air Grabber” hood scoop, along with accompanying “Air Catcher” headlamps, is designed to increase the cold air intake for the Dodge Demon’s engine. The larger the intake of air, the more powerful the performance output of a vehicle becomes. By supplying this engine with more cold air, the Dodge Challenger Demon will have an easier time getting more power out of its engine.
Tires designed for the drag strip
In addition to an engine that supplies power, drivers need a good set of wheels to reach their destination. For the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Dodge has introduced a set of 315-width drag radial tires. Due to the design of these tires, the Dodge Demon is projected to have twice as much grip as the current Dodge Challenger.
Furthermore, the Demon will also have a launch force that is 35 percent higher than that of the current Challenger Hellcat. These tires will provide the Dodge Demon a more dynamic start for its performance on the strip or on the road.
As the time draws closer to the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s debut at the New York International Auto Show, Dodge will undoubtedly shine some more light on its enigmatic new performance model.
This article is presented by Colonial Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Hudson in Hudson, Massachusetts.